It was back in the summer of on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in Chicago that I got to meet the notorious Michael Bertiaux. I had traveled with my teacher. Ordo Templi Orientis Antiqua, Michael Bertiaux, Manuel Lamparter, La Couleuvre Noire, Monastery of the Seven Rays, Choronzon Club. Michael Bertiaux, author of the famed Voudon Gnostic Workbook and Hierophant of the Voudon Gnostic Current is a rare visionary in modern occult studies.

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The recent Weiser reprint is just that — a reprint, not really a new edition; it seems to be simply a photo-reproduction of the original book’s headache-inducing typography except for an added preface and conclusion by Courtney Willis.

He, too, partakes of this activity.

Witchcraft: Remembering Michael Bertiaux

Blake knew this and wrote of his own art: Along the way, the intellectual understanding must melt and surrender to a type of feeling or intuiting which brings things into alignment. I was also restrained out of courtesy and some degree of openness to Michael, since otherwise, I would have become violent towards him.

So where we see the pissed-off Guru of All Things Micuael sitting on his little zafu-asteroid, it may seem as if I regard the entire theme as a lark. Note that the unique spelling of “voudon” is an innovation of Bertiaux’s, though it is similar to the traditional spelling of vodun.

These sorts of pictures adorn the cover of many popular books on magic and are often examples of generic illustration or graphic design. Previously, we experienced many frustrating delays in shipments when mailing from Canada and are very happy to say that this shall be no more!


To find a therapist in your local area, try using our advanced search tool. The question, then, becomes what to do with the illusory universe.

While sharing drinks with his guests, Michael would engage in his most favorite pastime; he mihael gossip about other famous occultists that he knew.

I feel the negative reviews where from people who are looking for something else and bought this book blindly. Michael himself has helped to spread bbertiaux lot of rumors and tall tales about himself, micjael delighted in bertiqux effect that it had on others.

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Discover the secret teachings of Jesus preserved in the Gospel of Thomas. Do not expect an easy read, and do bertiaaux expect to understand much of what the author is trying to say without a solid background in Jungian psychology, Heideggerian ontology, and even chaos magick.

When this is understood, the magician may shift from zone to zone at will. Year 1, Student Degrees.

It simply responds with attraction, repulsion or indifference. Michael Bertiaux’s Voudon Gnostic Workbook is the most comprehensive and illuminating contemporary book on the subject. This long-awaited grimoire of authentic Voundoun will be a treasured gem in any occult library!

Do I feel different because of this event? At times, this intentionality rises from deeper levels bertaiux the psyche to impose its form or energy via automatic technique as we often see in the drawings of Austin Osman Spare.


The magician is first a mystic for he has apprehended the nature of the perceived universe. Evil is the active springing from Energy. Share your thoughts with other customers. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

This is not a cause for self-regard but self-examination. Views Read Edit View history. The Wheel of Fortune manifests in the MTS as the Circle of Lucky Hoodoo We are now able to take preorders for this deck and its accompanying booklet which is signed by the author and will include its tipped on color plate front cover. Does this mean that I have a valid Haitian initiatory lineage included with everything else that I am working and doing with my occultism? At first, only two members of our extended coven periodically went down to Chicago to work with Michael.

I found him to be cruel, manipulative, ruthless, and completely without any human compassion whatsoever. Already have an account?

Michael Bertiaux

The One-Minute Gratitude Journal. The Voudon Gnostic Workbook: Beyond the challenge of guiding one into such a state, there is berttiaux wonderful simplicity as the actual process clicks into place. Ye can have no other companion. As an object lesson, I believe in sharing my occult knowledge with others and in engaging with groups in a completely egalitarian manner.